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THE DEAN'S ROUNDUP
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Welcome back to the Aggie Law Reporter! We have a lot of exciting news around campus. Jack Manhire, who joined us from the U.S. Treasury last year, worked with Lori Rogde, Associate Director for Clinics, to put together a successful proposal for a grant from the Internal Revenue Service for a new Tax Clinic, which will help expand our clinical offerings further. Our new tax clinic will join the Immigration Clinic that Prof. Fatma Marouf, who joined us from UNLV, is starting this spring, as well as our existing Family Law & Benefits Clinic, Innocence Clinic, Wills & Estates Clinic, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic, Entrepreneurship Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Employment Mediation Clinic, and Family Mediation Clinic in giving our students a broad array of choices for experiential education.
 
On the faculty front, Prof. Lisa Rich secured a grant from the Koch Foundation to fund the development of an innovative class on criminal sentencing. Prof. Thomas Mitchell, who just joined us from Wisconsin, was able to help celebrate South Carolina’s passage of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, which he steered through the drafting process.
 
Meanwhile, our Law Review students have organized their second agricultural law symposium, Agriculture, Intellectual Property and Feeding the World in the 21st Century, for Oct. 28. This will be an amazing event, so please plan to attend if you are in Fort Worth.

Gig 'em!

Dean Andrew Morriss
AROUND CAMPUS



IRS Grant Allows New Tax Clinic to Assist Low Income Taxpayers.

Texas A&M University School of Law has received a grant from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to start a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. The grant is part of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) program, administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS to make the services of these clinics more widely available, particularly in underserved areas.


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FACULTY



Professor Thomas Mitchell attends ceremonial signing of Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act in South Carolina. 

Photo by: Camlin Moore/ Office of Gov. Nikki Haley


Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Thomas W. Mitchell was invited by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s office to the ceremonial signing of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) on Thursday, Sept. 22. UPHPA was developed to address problems many families in this country have faced with respect to property families own under a common ownership structure called a tenancy in common, which is the most prevalent form of common ownership of real property in the United States. 

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Professor Lisa Rich receives grant for Spring 2017 criminal justice course. 
Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Lisa Rich was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to open and teach a special criminal justice course, Criminal Justice Scholar and Advocate, to five 2Ls and 3Ls who will focus on criminal justice research in Spring 2017.

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STUDENTS






Fortin-Camacho places third in National Writing Competition.

 

Texas A&M University School of Law 3L Cielo Fortin-Camacho received third place in the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s 2016 Student Writing Competition with her article, “Red-Handed Without a Defense: Limiting the Risk of Forfeiture When Leasing to Lawful Marijuana Tenants.”

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Students recognized for success in Dallas Bar Internships, Clerkships.

 

Five Texas A&M Law students were recognized at the Dallas Bar Foundation (DBF) Collins Clerkship, Justice James A. Baker Clerkship, Bob Mow Judicial Internship Luncheon on Aug. 16  for their commitment to and success in internships and clerkships offered by DBF.

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FORMER STUDENTS





Notre Dame Law Journal of Legislation to publish recent grad's paper.

 

Charles Lincoln ’16 selected the Notre Dame Law School Journal of Legislation for publication of his article, “A Platonic Interpretation of the United States Constitution.”  The major premise of the article considers the three part system of the Platonic soul (eros, thymus, logos). The article then lays out the minor premise, the generally accepted division of the three part system of the United States federal government (legislative, executive, and judicial).

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